The overall objective of this project is to development of the vegetable sector (five crops: tomato, onion, cabbage, watermelon and pepper) in the Kano region (Nigeria) by the provision of quality input materials (hybrid seeds, crop protection and fertilizers) adjusted to local circumstances. This will be supported through capacity building activities focused on crop management and good agricultural practices.
Nigeria is the largest economy of Africa and one of the fastest growing countries in the world, with a population of almost 200 million, estimated to grow to 400 million in 2050. This brings demographic challenges in terms of food security, urbanization and unemployment. There is a government drive for economic diversification away from (only) oil revenue, promoting the agricultural sector which represents 25% of the GDP. Smallholder farmers are the backbone of the agricultural production supplying 95% of all food in Nigeria. In total, 82 million hectares of Nigeria’s 92.4 million hectares of land is arable and there are suitable agro-climatic zones.